Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud telephoned US President Donald Trump on Wednesday to discuss the ballistic missile attempt by Houthi militias which targeted the Kingdom.
According to the Saudi Press Agency, SPA, during the call, the US president condemned the criminal attempt, which targeted a populated area in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, calling it a blatant attack on the Kingdom’s sovereignty, asserting the US stand with Saudi in confronting threats to its national security.
They also discussed measures to implement the relevant UN Security Council resolutions to hold the Iranian regime accountable for its aggressive actions and for supplying the Houthis with missiles that threaten the security and stability of the Kingdom and other countries in the region.
The two leaders also agreed on the need to support all relief and humanitarian operations in order to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people, SPA added.
The United States has strongly condemned the reckless Houthi missile attack yesterday on Riyadh.
A statement issued yesterday by the US Department of State said, “We remain deeply disturbed by aggressive Houthi actions supported by Iran’s provision of advanced weapons, which threaten regional security and prolong the Yemen conflict. The United States calls on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to stop arming and enabling the Houthis’ violent actions against Yemen’s neighbours, including Saudi Arabia.”
According to Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdussalam, the rebels allegedly fired a Volcano H-2 ballistic missile towards the Al-Yamama royal palace.
Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed by the Houthi rebels earlier this month after allegedly switching sides to stand against his former allies. Since then, the Saudi-led coalition has intensified its aerial bombardment of Yemen, with the UN Human Rights office confirming the verified killing of at least 136 Yemeni civilians and non-combatants between December 6 and 16.
The Al-Yamama Palace is the official residence and office of Saudi King Salman and is located in the western suburbs of the capital. It is also the headquarters of the Royal Court. US President Donald Trump stayed at the residence during his visit in May.
The Burkan missile has an estimated range of 800km (500 miles) and is similar to the Scud missile used by the Iraqi military.
Iran wants to examine missile parts the US ambassador to the UN displayed last week as “undeniable” evidence that Tehran has been arming Yemen’s Shiite rebels, AP said. Tehran will file a complaint to the UN and demand that “parts of the missile be delivered to Iran” for examination, according to Defense Minister Gen. Amir Hatami.
He told the semi-official Tasnim news agency on Monday that US claims cannot be “answered remotely.” On Thursday, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley showed off the missile parts to cameras at a military base near Washington. She said the projectile was supplied by Iran and launched by Yemen’s Houthis, targeting an airport in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. The statement was dismissed by Iran as a “fake and fabricated” claim.